OT: Sommelier

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Just a little fun OT that had me cracking up tonight:

I have always struggled to pronounce the word "Sommelier" but decided that I would master it tonight (with the help of a little wine, of course). After searching for the pronunciation guide on google, sommelier was decoded as "suh-muhl-yay".

Now, I had a pretty good idea of what it should sound like, but after seeing the decode all I could focus on was one thing: MUHL. And once seen, I couldn't UNSEE it. And pronouncing it as Nika's last name is not helpful AT. ALL. I was literally lmao on the floor by the 35th attempt. So yeah. That's my story. :D I figured the only people in the world who might understand is The Boneyard Family :rolleyes:

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As you were struggling with the pronunciation of sommelier while also contemplating the pronunciation of MUHL, I hope you were enjoying a bottle of Plavic Mali, a Croatian red wine cultivated along the Dalmatian Coast.

And yes, the Dalmatian is a breed that originated in Croatia as a hunting dog.
 

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If you were having trouble remembering how to pronounce it, pretend you are a Canadian who is cheering for Bent and just…

“say Molly, eh.”

I’ll see myself out.
 
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My issue with "Sommelier" is with spelling the darn word. ;)

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Once went to a way too expensive restaurant where the the Sommelier came to our table, opened our bottle of wine and tasted it for us. I said to my wife, I’m glad he liked it. How does he know that we will? I’m still not over it. If it wasn’t for the two martinis I had before the wine came, I’m not sure what I would have done.
 

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When we were in college I had a friend who served as our unofficial sommelier. Once on a road trip , he recommended that we mix Boone's Farm Wild Mountain Grape with a six pack of Iron City and a pint of Seagram's Seven. I do not remember the rest of the trip, but we had fun once we got to our destination. At least I think we did.
 
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See if you can find "Uncorked". A series from 2015 ish about a group of people trying to become master sommeliers. Fascinating about what they have to know and how on earth they do it. Down to a test where they taste several wines and have to describe them, including things like "it's a chardonnay from the alsace region of France, grown on the north side of Mt. Whatever vineyard"and have to get all of it right. Crazy stuff!
 
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Once went to a way too expensive restaurant where the the Sommelier came to our table, opened our bottle of wine and tasted it for us. I said to my wife, I’m glad he liked it. How does he know that we will? I’m still not over it. If it wasn’t for the two martinis I had before the wine came, I’m not sure what I would have done.
It was probably done, not for taste, but to see if the wine had gone bad or sour. Then he would have gotten you another bottle. It was also done for show I'm sure.
 

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Interesting, I get wine cellar ads when I'm on this thread. :rolleyes:
 

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It was probably done, not for taste, but to see if the wine had gone bad or sour. Then he would have gotten you another bottle. It was also done for show I'm sure.
I think it was entirely done for show. The cork will indicate whether it's corked, soured, or gone bad/infected. The cork wouldn't tell you if it was insufficiently aged, but it should really be up to the customer rather than the sommelier to decide if the wine is sufficiently aged or good enough.
 
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It was all show. Even I, who once strongly considered opening up a bottle of Aqua Velva after running out of booze, could tell if I was served a bad bottle of wine.
 

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I think it was entirely done for show. The cork will indicate whether it's corked, soured, or gone bad/infected. The cork wouldn't tell you if it was insufficiently aged, but it should really be up to the customer rather than the sommelier to decide if the wine is sufficiently aged or good enough.
I think most people are entirely clueless what they are looking for when handed a cork including most waitstaff.
 
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I think most people are entirely clueless what they are looking for when handed a cork including most waitstaff.
I know what to do with them if I was given one, I have another one of these to fill. :rolleyes:

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